Interview with young adult/fantasy author Kris Noel

Today’s
feature is young adult/fantasy novel Lionhead
by Kris Noel.
Welcome, Kris. Please tell us a little
bit about yourself.
I’m 27. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but I’m now living in
Burbank, California. I went to Montclair State University, where I majored in
Anthropology and minored in Film. I’m currently working on the sequel to
Lionhead, Requiem, which
should be released later this year.
Please tell us about your current
release, Lionhead.
Thirteen-year-old
Riley Bale has always been a monster. At least that’s how all the other kids
have always treated her. After being plagued with a mysterious illness for much
of her young life and living as an orphan with her two cold and distant older
sisters, Riley has dealt with being bullied by becoming a bully herself.

During a violent after school attack, Riley
learns she’s being protected by forces beyond her control. She is tested and
then invited to attend Lionhead Shifter School, which she accepts on blind
faith alone, along with the desire to understand where her parents came from
before they disappeared. Once Riley arrives in Lionhead, she not only discovers
her true identity as a shifter, but appears to fit right in with the other new
kids.

Riley quickly realizes that everything is
not quite what it seems. Amidst an unusual hatred that arises between the two
teenage boys she’s become closest with, Oliver Preston and Ash Plum, she must
learn why the small island community has previously disallowed outsiders for
over a hundred years.

Lionhead’s sequel, Requiem, is being released later this year, which
will continue to follow Riley’s journey.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was
highly influenced by science fiction and fantasy novels growing up, so I really
wanted to try to recreate that feeling. I wanted to write a strong female
character, which I think Riley Bale is. I loved writing this story and I wanted
to write for a young audience.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Right now I
just finished up a new YA/Sci-fi novel called Never World. It’s basically about a young girl, Tess, who gets
caught up in a virtual reality gameshow run by a mysterious man named “The
Creator”. I’m in the middle of submitting it, so I’ll see where it goes!
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I thought
of myself as a writer very early on, around 2nd grade. Once I
realized that you can write stories as an occupation, I knew that’s what I
wanted to do for the rest of my life. It’s always been a very relaxing thing
for me and I feel weird when I haven’t written something in a while.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I currently
work as a copywriter for a gaming company, so I still get to have fun writing
about topics I’m interested in. I usually write after work or on the weekends.
It can be hard to schedule time, but I try to fit in around 500 words a day if
I can.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I’m sure a
lot of writers are like this, but I can only write at night. I’m not a morning
person and I have trouble focusing during the day. I just like writing when
it’s dark out!
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I decided
when I was pretty young that I wanted to be a writer. There was a brief time
when I wanted to be a vet, but that faded quickly.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I run a
writing advice blog at krisnoel.com, so if you ever need any writing support,
feel free to check it out!
Thanks, Kris. Happy writing!

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